Everyone agrees that the 10 Commandments are important aspect of our relationship with God and His Christ. I will take the next 10 days to bring a deeper understanding of the 10 commandments also known as God’s Royal Law, or the Law of Liberty. The authority of God is rooted in the fact that He has helped in the past. Everyone of us from Adam and Eve whom were created with the Word of God, to the air that we breathe, plants and meat that we eat, to the water, wine and other beverages that we drink that were all apart of this earth before Adam was created. We are able to sustain ourselves because of the Lord’s foresight and prior planning. We owe Him big time and He ensures that we don’t forget it. In the case of Israel, God defeated their former master; Pharaoh who was regarded as a living god among the Egyptians. Egypt at this time was a superpower among the nations, much the same as Rome was in the time of Jesus, or the United States in the 20th century. The rest of the nations understood that in order for the Hebrews (a nation of slaves) to free themselves from the bondage of Egypt there had to be a Mighty God among them. This is why on their journey to the promised land most of the people let them through without trouble (and why Amalek was punished so severly for generations when they attacked Israel). The first commandment therefore, is concerned with God’s honor, His position in mans life, and God’s expectations as to how man will relate to him.
Notice also that the Lord does not presume to be the only god in existence; only that man should regard none before him, and later states that none should be worshipped but Him. However I’m getting ahead of myself. The children of Israel were therefore monolatrists as opposed to monotheists: worshippers of a single god without believing that theirs was the only god who existed.
In Psalm 82 we have Jesus speaking thru the mouth of King David and proclaiming he (God) judgeth among the gods. He goes on to say in verse 6, “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” This scripture shouldn’t be foreign to us, Jesus also quoted this to the Jews when they questioned him about being the Christ. "The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?"
If God called the people gods and the scripture cannot be broken how can Jesus blaspheme by saying he is the Son of God?
LET IT BE KNOWN: Therefore I say to you sisters & brothers that you shall have no other gods before the true and living God. And the first god that needs to get out of the way, is YOURSELF! Once you are out of the way you can begin to fear God, and the fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom. (Proverbs 1:7/ 3:7/ 9:10)
In addition to the god that stares back at you daily in the mirror, we are prohibited from putting money, sex, success, beauty, fame, etc. before God. These metaphorical gods are our 2nd biggest obstacle in this modern day and the ‘age of reason’. This however doesn’t diminish the existence of that which is falsely called God. These include, but are not limited to
This is the single most significant barrier to attempts to erect monuments to the Ten Commandments under state auspices. A civil society in which all religions are equally tolerated cannot very well take such an obvious and significant move that basically insists that one religion or religious tradition is True and all others are False. Individual believers may hold such a position, but it is certainly beyond the scope of governmental authority.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT (you do the dishes) Some have also argued that this commandment further prohibits one from hold false beliefs about God — presumably on the theory that if one believes that God has false attributes then one is, in effect, believing in a false or incorrect God.